Buena Vista murders occurred near home where a woman died in a fire

Police say 68-year-old Bruce Banks and 39-year-old Deonte Jackson were shot in this house in Buena Vista Township. Both died from their injuries.
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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (2/19/2020) - A father and son were murdered late Tuesday just a couple houses down from where a woman was killed last year in a fire.

Police in Buena Vista Township are now trying to determine if the homicides are somehow connected.

The father and son were found shot in a home on South 23rd Street in Buena Vista Township. Police found 68-year-old Bruce Banks and 39-year-old Deonte Jackson just before midnight.

Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene while Banks was rushed to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries early Wednesday.

Police are releasing few details about the shooting deaths, including where the 911 call came from that brought investigators to the home. The house where the shootings happened is not far from where another unsolved murder occurred last year.

"I know that some in the community are familiar with the Antoinesha Helton fire, the homicide last year. This homicide now took place on the same street just a couple of houses down," said Buena Vista Police Chief Reggie Williams.

Firefighters found 23-year-old Helton's body in the bedroom of her house last June, just two doors down from where last night's murder took place.

The fire was deliberately set and Helton's death has been ruled a homicide. There has been no arrest in that case.

Williams said investigators will try to determine if there is any connection between the three homicides. They brought in a person for questioning in the case on Wednesday afternoon.

"As of right now we do not know if these cases are related at all," Williams said.

As far as Tuesday night's killings, Williams believes Banks and Jackson may have been targeted and this was not a random crime.

"I would like to believe right now that this was an isolated incident and people don't have a reason to be fearful. Be concerned, yes; fearful no," he said.